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1 ABOUT VA 2014 Vetenskap & Allmänhet

2 VA PROMOTES DIALOGUE AND OPENNESS BETWEEN THE PUBLIC AND RESEARCHERS VA (Public & Science) is an independent Swedish non-profit membership organisation for both organisations and individuals. Its overarching aim is to increase collaboration and the exchange of ideas between researchers and the public. VA carries out studies and surveys, organises meetings and activities, and collects and disseminates knowledge and experience gained by itself and others. The organisation is funded through membership fees, project grants and a grant from the Swedish Ministry of Education and Research. VA s MAIN AIMS 1. Increase collaboration between researchers and the public. 2. Increase knowledge and dialogue about: Public perceptions of research and research requirements Prerequisites for research, research methods and results Methods for science communication. 3. Be a leading knowledge hub for public engagement and science communication. 4. Strengthen all aspects of engagement with society; democratic, cultural as well as for the benefit and education of society.

3 4 ABF THE WORKERS EDUCATIONAL ASSOCIATION AFA INSURANCE AKZONOBEL ASSOCIATION OF SWEDISH ENGINEERING INDUSTRIES VA s members in January ASSOCIATION OF SWEDISH SCIENCE CENTRES BLEKINGE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY THE CHURCH OF SWEDEN For information on FOI, SWEDISH DEFENCE RESEARCH AGENCY FOLKPARTIET: THE LIBERAL PARTY OF SWEDEN membership and a list of current members, see FOLKUNIVERSITETET ADULT EDUCATION ASSOCIATION HALMSTAD UNIVERSITY IKEM - INNOVATION AND CHEMICAL INDUSTRIES IN SWEDEN INNVENTIA INSTITUTE FOR FUTURES STUDIES KARLSTAD UNIVERSITY KAROLINSKA INSTITUTET THE KNOWLEDGE FOUNDATION LIF THE RESEARCH-BASED PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY IN SWEDEN LINKÖPING UNIVERSITY LINNAEUS UNIVERSITY LUND UNIVERSITY MALMÖ UNIVERSITY MID SWEDEN UNIVERSITY MISTRA THE MODERATERNA PARTY MÄLARDALEN UNIVERSITY NATIONAL COUNCIL OF SWEDISH YOUTH ORGANISATIONS THE NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUMS NATIONAL MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY NATUR & KULTUR, PUBLISHING COMPANY AND FOUNDATION NE - SWEDISH NATIONAL ENCYCLOPEDIA NOBEL MUSEUM THE RESEARCH NETWORK SKÅNE RIKSBANKENS JUBILEUMSFOND RISE RESEARCH INSTITUTES OF SWEDEN ROYAL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY ROYAL SWEDISH ACADEMY OF AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY ROYAL SWEDISH ACADEMY OF ENGINEERING SCIENCES THE ROYAL SWEDISH ACADEMY OF LETTERS, HISTORY AND ANTIQUITIES ROYAL SWEDISH ACADEMY OF SCIENCES SCIENCE4NXG SIQ, SWEDISH INSTITUTE FOR QUALITY SLU THE SWEDISH UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES SOCIAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY SP TECHNICAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF SWEDEN STOCKHOLM UNIVERSITY STUDIEFRÄMJANDET STUDY ASSOCIATION FOR ADULT EDUCATION THE SWEDISH ADULT EDUCATION ASSOCIATION THE SWEDISH ASSOCIATION OF GRADUATE ENGINEERS THE SWEDISH ASSOCIATION OF SCIENTISTS SWEDISH ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY TEACHERS SWEDISH CIVIL CONTINGENCIES AGENCY SWEDISH ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY SWEDISH FEDERATION OF YOUNG SCIENTISTS THE SWEDISH FOOD FEDERATION SWEDISH FOUNDATION FOR STRATEGIC RESEARCH SWEDISH HIGHER EDUCATION AUTHORITY SWEDISH RESEARCH COUNCIL FOR HEALTH, WORKING LIFE AND WELFARE SMHI, SWEDISH METEOROLOGICAL AND HYDROLOGICAL INSTITUTE SWEDISH MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY THE SWEDISH NATIONAL COUNCIL OF ADULT EDUCATION THE SWEDISH NATIONAL DEFENCE COLLEGE THE SWEDISH RESEARCH COUNCIL THE SWEDISH RESEARCH COUNCIL FORMAS THE SWEDISH SOCIETY OF PARLIAMENTARIANS & SCIENTISTS THE SWEDISH SPORTS CONFEDERATION THORILDSPLANS GYMNASIUM TOM TITS EXPERIMENT UMEÅ UNIVERSITY UNIVERSITY OF BORÅS UNIVERSITY OF GOTHENBURG UNIVERSITY WEST UPPSALA STUDENT UNION UPPSALA UNIVERSITY THE VARDAL FOUNDATION VINNOVA, SWEDISH AGENCY FOR INNOVATION SYSTEMS THE WENNER-GREN FOUNDATIONS THE YOUNG ACADEMY OF SWEDEN ÖREBRO UNIVERSITY

4 VA s MAIN EVENTS January Three-year EU project RRI Tools starts. Activities on Responsible Research and Innovation will be run by VA in Sweden 11 March Media workshop for researchers in Umeå 9 April Media workshop for researchers in Lund 7 May Forum for science communication in Gothenburg 8 11 May Presentations at the PCST conference in Salvador June Science in society results from the SOM Institute s 2013 survey June Results of the study on media reports about research and scientific misconduct juni Sessions at the Euroscience Open Forum in Copenhagen 1 July Dialogue seminar at Almedalen week in Visby 2 July Picnic with researchers at Almedalen week in Visby 26 September Researchers Night and Researchers Grand Prix 14 October VA Day and Annual Meeting December Researchers Grand Prix Final. Annual VA barometer published.

5 JOIN OUR NETWORK! Organisations as well as individuals are welcome to become members of VA. Benefits of membership include regular information on forthcoming activities, invitations to events, influence in planning and taking part in VA s work, advice and guidance on science communication and studies, as well as opportunities for new collaborations. Read more at CONTACT US Vetenskap & Allmänhet, VA Postal address: PO Box 5073, Stockholm, Sweden Visiting address: Grev Turegatan 14 Telephone: +46 (0) Website: Blog: You can read VA s latest news in English at: Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter: vetenskapoallm

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